Local Flavor

A Restaurateur’s Appetite For Paris

Céline Mori

Public Relations Executive, Restaurateur, & Leaders Club Member

Céline Mori grew up in restaurants. Her father, Massimo Mori, the acclaimed Paris-based Venetian chef and restaurateur, has always had a passion for cooking, and it is one Céline came to share with her father early on in life.

As a child, when her friends were out playing or doing their homework after school, Céline could be found at Emporio Armani Caffé, Massimo’s first restaurant (which he co-owns with its namesake, Giorgio Armani), spending time with her family and chatting with the restaurant’s regulars.

Céline Mori, epicure, Leaders Club member, and Paris insider shares her top local recommendations.

Local Recommendations

Explore Paris With Céline Mori

Today, thanks to her connections in restaurants, nightlife, and the beauty business, Céline Mori keeps her finger on the pulse of the latest trends in Paris, and knows about the newest openings and events well before the general public. As a culinary and nightlife connoisseur, she rarely frequents the same places twice, unless it is Mori Venice Bar, where she drops in daily to take stock of the business, and to pause for a lunch of Italian staples like tagliatelle with langoustines and cherry tomatoes, or Venetian-style spider crab on a bed of mixed greens.

When she does, she is partial to restaurants, cafés, and buvettes, where the atmosphere, service, and food make for a remarkably uncommon experience. Here, Céline Mori shares her top recommendations in Paris.

Chic Eats

At Monsieur Bleu, The Food Is As Artful As The Setting

The Palais de Tokyo (13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 16th arr.) Europe's largest contemporary arts institution, now features a restaurant worthy of its artistic surroundings. Designed by Joseph Dirand, Monsieur Bleu's (20 Avenue de New York, 16th arr.) Art Deco dining room features 32-foot ceilings enhanced by enormous geometric hanging lamps, and mossy-green velour banquettes framed by Connemara marble panes and mirrored café tables. For the best seats in the house, forgo the chic interior for a table on the terrasse for direct views of the Eiffel Tower from afar. Elevated bistro fare like foie gras with roasted apricots, and veal tartar drizzled with white truffle oil are memorable; but perhaps dishiest of all is the chic crowd that flocks to the restaurant in the evenings to dance the night away after a coupe of champagne or two.

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There's A Café Floating Under The Pont Neuf

If you find yourself near Notre-Dame, or exploring Île de la Cité, take a break from sightseeing for a peaceful waterside cocktail at Les Jardins du Pont Neuf (Quai de l'Horloge, 1st arr.). Moored on the Quai de l’Horloge, the bar and restaurant specialize in sophisticated tapas-style small plates and classic picnic favorites. Drop in for a light lunch by day, or at dusk to enjoy an aperitif with your cherie as the sky turns from blue, to shades of pink and orange, before turning black as the sun goes down and the skyline lights up. During the warmer months, opt for a western-facing table outdoors for unobstructed views of boats sailing on the Seine, and passersby crossing the iconic Pont Neuf overhead.

Craft Cocktails

Bartenders Are Getting Experimental In The Montorgueil District's Speakeasies

There is no shortage of excellent wine flowing in Paris, but those in search of something a bit stronger will be pleased with the city’s burgeoning craft cocktail scene. Romée de Goriainoff, Olivier Bon, and Pierre-Charles Cros are considered pioneers of the local movement, after opening Experimental Cocktail Club (37 rue Saint-Sauveur, 2nd arr.) back in 2007 in the Montorgueil market district. Since then, the team has opened a slew of new cocktaileries both in Paris and abroad, but the original location hasn’t lost its luster. Drop in after dark when expert mixologists dressed in vests and ties are on hand to craft heady cocktails, and the resident D.J. keeps the vibe convivial.

To Your Health

A Design-Conscious Gym Is Keeping Parisians Fit In Style

Though the French are less well known for their dedication to exercise, there are a number of spas and fitness centers throughout the city, and the Klay Club (4 bis rue Saint-Sauveur, 2nd arr.) is one of the best in town. The 2,000 square-meter gym features state of the art equipment, regular class offerings including cycling and pilates, as well as a hammam, soaking pool, and a variety of spa services.

Céline Mori likes to spend a healthful afternoon enjoying the facilities, followed by a lite bite at the club's Klay Saint Saveur restaurant. The beachy atmosphere filled with tropical plants, cane barrel chairs, leopard print, and rattan, entices healthy eaters with wholesome, low-calorie dishes like quinoa bowls, sea bream sashimi, and detox drinks—a welcome respite from the city’s penchant for butter and cream-based dishes.

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